When Travel Meets Tourism: Tracing Discourse in Tony Wheeler's Blog
MetadataShow full item record
This paper examines a guidebook publisher's travel blog in order to shed light on the tensions between discourses of travel and tourism. Tony Wheeler's Blog is written by the founder of Lonely Planet and is hosted on the company's website. I argue that the "blog" title implies that the text has certain intrinsic qualities, some of which are evident while others are not. I also argue that this text is an online travel narrative that draws on the discourses of travel, tourism, and blogging itself. Travel and tourism are often seen as conflicting, and the traveler-tourist dichotomy has found expression in various travel-related narratives. So Tony Wheeler's Blog becomes a site of negotiation between the discourses of travel and tourism, and in so doing takes on certain aspects of the blog while omitting or only imitating others. © 2012 Copyright National Communication Association.
Showing items related by title, author, creator and subject.
Azariah, Deepti Ruth (2012)Blogs are generally described as self-presentational and comprising multiple discourses, and travel blogs are often studied for what tourists say about themselves and places they visit. Yet, little is written about the ...
Azariah, Deepti (2012)Studies of the use of social media in tourism rarely discuss various tools in conjunction with each other. The growth of Twitter has attracted the attention of tourism researchers interested in the platform as a marketing ...
Azariah, Deepti (2011)Studies of the use of social media in tourism rarely discuss various tools in conjunction with each other. The growth of Twitter has attracted the attention of tourism researchers interested in the platform as a marketing ...